Garden centre Christmas tree warning after £8,000 theft

Redfields garden centre in Fleet, Hampshire, has had six pallets of Christmas trees worth £8,000 stolen last weekend 27-28 November.

HTA security advisor Jeremy Davies has warned for garden centre owners to be vigilant in case it happens to them.

Davies says Christmas trees are the most stolen item at this time of year. He added that that with government cuts people who have never thought about stealing might take the plunge into criminality.

Davies says they are easy to sell and the impact on garden centres is "huge" because customers go elsewhere - and make their associated purchases of decorations there too. He recommends extra lighting, CCTV and leaving the trees away from a place where they can be easily loaded- ie not in the carpark. Call HTA security advice line: 07889 719690.

Blue Diamond is to take over a new £5m, 6,000sqm Redfields centre, with builders on the site starting in 2011 and Redfields trading throughout. A Redfields representative confirmed the theft.

Most stolen at Christmas from garden centres:

Christmas trees



Yankee candles


Security tips:

Store Christmas trees in a secure location, not easily accessible by lorries and park works vehicles in front of the storage area.

Make sure your CCTV cameras are in good condition and able to record night-time images.

Install movement sensor activated lighting in and around the storage area.

Spray the bottom of the trees with coloured paint, to make them easily identifiable if stolen.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Business Planning - Brace now for Brexit impact

Business Planning - Brace now for Brexit impact

Neville Stein advises how businesses can act now to protect themselves against higher plant import costs after the Brexit deadline.

How will Westland buying Gardman impact the garden centre supply market?

How will Westland buying Gardman impact the garden centre supply market?

Garden Centre Profile: Rosebourne, Aldermaston

Garden Centre Profile: Rosebourne, Aldermaston

The second Rosebourne garden centre opened last month, Wyevale Solihull has been bought and the group aims to expand further still, Matthew Appleby reports.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +


The Horticulture Week Business Awards is now open for entries

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES 2018

See our exclusive RANKING of garden centre performance by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS of the market drawing on our garden retail industry-exclusive research

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles